Life Has Just Begun

10:44 am · category: Uncategorized

Last Friday I was taking side roads on my way back to work after cashing my check and paying my “big” bills (rent, utilities, balance on my recent bought-on-the-installment-plan TV). I was tuned in to a radio station playing Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, and for the first time in my life I was “getting it,” meaning that I was understanding the lyrics and not just marveling at the composition and harmonies. I mean, they were singing about murder. This was important stuff.

But just as the “mama mia” section of the classic started, I caught glimpse of a little girl. She was pedaling furiously down the sidewalk of her residential side street on her bicycle wearing a plain, sea-green dress that buttoned at the nape of her neck and came to her knees.

I turned off the radio and gawked at her, slowing to 15 mph and apparently appearing excessively overly cautious in the 20 mph school zone. My music epiphany was immediately and completely forgotten. I followed the little girl in my rea and side mirrors all the way to the next stoplight until she rounded a corner and I lost sight of her.

I don’t know how to explain it, but that little girl made me feel whole.

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